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All of my towels have that smell of when you leave them in the washer too long. (I did that). I can't get the smell out. I have tried with vinegar and bleach even though they are colored. I will have to get new ones if I can't get the stink out. When you dry yourself off, you smell then. Please any ideas?
By Maria Disrud from WI
Please try Baking soda in the wash. Let it soak for 20 minutes. A shot of Febreeze when they are dry wouldn't hurt!
The magic word is baking soda. Soak the towels in your regular laundry soap and add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of soda. Maybe soak them for 1/2 hour. I hope it helps you.
Done that! Washed them in HOT water and dishwasher soap, the powder or 2 tabs. I used double the amount for one dishwasher load and it got the smell out!
Something that is color safe and fabric safe is Pine Sol. I will add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of lavender or spring flowers scented Pine Sol to the wash to deodorize and disinfect laundry that has a "sour" smell to it. I've done it with excellent results and NO DAMAGE to the laundry.
I use 20 Mule Team Borax, pine cleaner along with my regular detergent and run one full cycle. Then I rinse a second time with fabric softener, smells wonderful when it comes out of the dryer.
Try ammonia... I know it sounds weird, because it is stinky on its own, but I swear it works and your clothes do not smell like ammonia when they are done.
please answer this question i need help i left cloth in washer an i can't get the sour odor out
My brother-in-law worked delivering fuel oil and he always got some fuel oil on his clothes. He used ammonia and swears by it. I have the sour smelling clothes and have avoided this method. I have tried the vinegar, but the smell won't come out. So today, I am trying the ammonia. I use ammonia to wash my floors, and like you say...it smells bad, but it drys clean and fresh. Weird, but true.
Just make sure not to mix with bleach! You'll end up with a toxic chloramine vapor.
What if you are scent allergic? I can't use Lemon!
That can't be good for your skin though right? I mean even though you wash that chemical is still going to be in the fabric.
It's hard to get clear ammonia because of the Drug Enforcement Agency listed it as a watch chemical. When I see it I buy a couple of gallons.
If using dishwasher detergent, make sure to add first and mix well. It contains bleach and can leave bleached spots and streaks if not mixed and diluted fully before you add the laundry. DH used it once by mistake instead of laundry soap, so I speak from experience.
I forgot I had washed a load of laundry and left it for a couple of days. Now it smells. What can I do?
Run it thru the rinse cycle with a little vinegar. I use vinegar in the rinse cycle of every load.
Your clothes stink due to bacteria that has grown in that damp dark environment. Wash them again! :)
You could also re-wash them, and pour a cup or so of regular amber mouthwash in at the start of the rinse cycle.
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I left clothes soaking in my washer too long with detergent added to the water. Needless to say, we had a very busy week and forgot to run the load. How can I get the odor out now sticking to the load of clothes? Thanks!
Cindy from Gainesville, GA
A further option is to run a quart of vinegar (white) in your empty washer to remove all mildew from it especially if you have front loader as they have many more hiding spaces in the rubber gaskets inside the door to grow uglies. Same works for dishwasher periodically. Sparkling clean! (09/12/2008)
Wash them in Gain with baking soda; it is known to take out odors and it is all I use. Then I use Gain fabric liquid softener in island fresh, it must be ultra. You will never go back to any other detergent again. I promise baking soda is what takes the smell out of laundry! (09/12/2008)
I use the vinegar also, I also use borax, it also fights odors and stains. It can be found next to laundry soap in the store aisle. (09/14/2008)
By Little Miss Sunshine
Febreze makes a laundry odor remover that works great, but I usually do the vinegar method too. There is also a product called Affresh that will clean all the odor causing residue in your washing machine. The package has 3 tablets and we got it at Home Depot. You just drop a tablet in and run a hot wash (empty). This was a miracle for me! My washer was really smelly after washing so many flood soaked items this summer. (09/16/2008)
I rewash adding baking soda and new laundry detergent. (09/18/2008)
I swear by clear ammonia. I too have committed the "sin" of leaving damp stuff lying around and the smell is unbelievable. We also have a male cat (neutered of course) that has a very bad habit of urinating on clothing, etc. left on the floor (I have 2 kids, so you know what this means). I just pour a 1/2 cup of ammonia in the "rinse" cycle and it works great! It may leave an ammonia smell right out of the washer, but once the stuff has been in the dryer, there is no smell. You can also use 1 cup of white vinegar, but I like the ammonia better. In fact, I keep a gallon of the stuff right next to the washer. (09/22/2008)
I once left a comforter in the washer and forgot about it for a few days. When opening the washer lid, I about passed out from the stench. When in doubt call mom! Mom recommended using 20 Mule Team Borax with your normal detergent. I followed the directions on the box and it was as good as new after washing it only once. Great stuff and it can be used for many other cleaning problems. (03/29/2009)
By Tom D.
Been there, done that! I run it through the wash again using vinegar for wash and in place of fabric softener. They won't come out smelling like vinegar, just fresh and not like mildew. (06/19/2008)
Yes, as Glenn's mom said, simply re-wash and the vinegar will help rid possible mildew. Not even a dozen dryer sheets will take the sour odor out otherwise. (06/23/2008)
Rewash and add vinegar or baking soda. (06/24/2008)
You don't really have to rewash! Just add the vinegar and send it through the rinse cycles again.
Works best with cold water. (06/25/2008)
By Sarah Leach